Dogs depend on us to provide the means for them to live full and healthy life. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“ is a sound idiom to follow when developing a plan to meet our dog’s healthcare needs. With that said, there are many things you can do to promote and protect your dog’s health.
Given the endless options and types of dog foods available, it can be very difficult to determine which product is best for your dog.
Learn how to read and understand the ingredient label found on every pet food product.
You should also talk with your veterinarian regarding your dog’s specific nutritional needs.
You will need different types of food for each age and breed.
Be sure to dog-proof your home
Trash cans should be covered or kept inside a latched cabinet.
Toilet lids should be kept closed to prevent the drinking of harmful cleaning chemicals.
Be knowledgeable about the plants in your house and whether they are toxic to your pet if ingested.
Doing these simple things can help prevent potentially dangerous situations for your pet.
Providing routine dental exams
Just like humans, dogs can develop gingivitis, tooth infections, and broken teeth.
Not only painful, but poor dental health will affect your dog’s overall health and well-being.
Your dog’s teeth should be routinely cleaned by a professional, like those at MontClair Veterinary Hospital.
Owners should brush their dog’s teeth between cleanings.
Provide proper shelter for your dog during cold weather
Though some breeds have heavy coats that can protect them from the snow and cold.
Most dogs are as vulnerable to the cold as we are and can suffer frostbite and hypothermia.
Shorthaired and toy breeds may even need to wear a jacket or sweater.
Keep your dog current on vaccinations
Illnesses such as distemper, rabies, kennel cough, and hepatitis can be avoided simply by keeping your dog up to date on vaccinations.
This is especially important if you board your dog overnight when you are leaving town.
By being proactive instead of reactive to our dog’s health issues, we will be able to provide them with the best care possible.
Better care for our canine family members means that they will have a longer and happier life and we will have a greater amount of time to enjoy them.